Friday, August 1, 2008

Hey, You Got Peanut Butter in My Chocolate Cookies!

I'm going to get a bit mushy for a second. My "little" brother (he's 24 years old- not so little anymore) is in the Army and is stationed in Iraq. He's a good guy, and I'm super-proud of him. We're only two years apart, and have always been close and I feel like the older we've gotten, the better friends we've become. (He was my "maid of honor" at my wedding- way before that turd of a Patrick Dempsey movie, I might add.)

Here we are, waiting in line at the Haunted Mansion and at my wedding. He cleans up pretty well.

The real point of bringing up my brother is that last week was his birthday, and I wanted to bake him a birthday treat. However, my oven was broken, and I wasn't able to bake him anything. These cookies are his belated birthday gift. (So on the off chance he's reading this, I guess I spoiled the surprise.)
Two of his favorite foods are chocolate and peanut butter, so it only made sense to engineer a cookie to fit his favorite flavor profile. These are very chocolate-y, with a slight peanut butter nuance. If you wanted a stronger peanut butter flavor, you could go half and half with chocolate chips and peanut butter chips, or you could totally replace the chocolate chips with peanut butter chips.
Peanut Butter Double Chocolate Cookies
Makes about 2 1/2 dozen 1.5oz cookies
1 stick (4oz) butter, softened
3/4c creamy peanut butter
1oz dark baking chocolate, melted (I like Green & Black)
1/3c sugar
1c brown sugar, lightly packed
1tsp vanilla
2 eggs
3Tbsp milk
3/4tsp salt
1tsp baking powder
1/4c cocoa powder
2c flour
1 bag (11-12oz) chocolate chips (or half chocolate chip. half peanut butter chip)
Preheat oven to 350F.
Cream together the butter, peanut butter and melted chocolate. Add the sugars and vanilla and mix to combine. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing just until combined. Mix in the milk.
Sift together the salt, baking powder, cocoa and flour. Add to the wet ingredients and blend until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
Using a 1.5oz scoop (or a spoon) plop dough onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. The cookies won't spread much, so if you prefer your cookies flatter, press down with a fork. Bake for about 12-15minutes. Enjoy with a big glass of milk!


Emiline said...

I can't tell you how much I love peanut butter cookies...these look great. Your bro will surely like them.

I tried visiting your blog, but for some reason I had trouble. Wasn't trying to ignore you.

Haunted mansion in Disney World?

Pumpkin said...

Yeah, that's the Disney World Haunted Mansion. My brother came down to visit right before he went to Iraq, and he wanted to go. (Not that it's hard to convince Kyle and I to go to Disney World!)

Fitnessista said...

those cookies look fantastic!!! i might have to make some this weekend :) green and black is my favorite dark chocolate too!